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A quick analysis from the Gators' 21-16 loss at Miami on Saturday.

Saturday September 7, 2013The Quick Slant: Analysis from UF's 21-16 loss at Miami

A quick analysis from the Gators' 21-16 loss at Miami on Saturday.

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER
GatorZone.com Senior Writer

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Gators will want to close the book on the 55th edition of their bitter rivalry with Miami quickly.

Florida suffered a 21-16 defeat to the Hurricanes Saturday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium, falling in the last regular-season game scheduled between the two schools.

The Gators moved the ball -- they had double the first downs (22 to 10) and 200 more yards than Miami (413 to 212) -- and Florida's defense played superbly after Miami scored 14 points in the first quarter.

Still, the numbers did not add up to a win for the Gators.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Gators open SEC play in two weeks against Tennessee, so losing to the Hurricanes doesn't impact the conference standings. Still, instead of winning a winnable game, the Gators stumbled and fumbled in losing to the Hurricanes for the fifth time in six meetings since 2000.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Florida running back Matt Jones returned to the lineup after missing all of fall camp and the first game due to a viral infection. Jones started and carried 18 times for 47 yards. However, his fumble on Florida's first drive set the tone for a mistake-filled day for the Gators.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: The Gators committed five turnovers -- a third of their total from last season -- and finished just 2 of 6 in the red zone (one touchdown, one field goal).

THE SUBPLOT: The Gators-Hurricanes rivalry is a bitter one that stretches back to 1938. However, the rivalry rode off into the sunset Saturday. The schools have no games planned for the future and there are no talks. The Gators last won at Miami in 1985 and missed a golden opportunity end that streak on Saturday.

THE QUOTE: "We killed ourselves. Our ball security was not good. You can't have the turnovers, especially in the red zone." -- Florida coach Will Muschamp

UP NEXT: The Gators host Tennessee in the SEC opener for both schools on Sept. 21. Florida must regroup following Saturday's loss and correct some of their mistakes against the Vols. Florida has defeated Tennessee eight consecutive times.

 

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